Monday, February 4, 2008

Geography

Geography games online...what a concept!

Boy, when I was a kid, we were introduced to computers and how they worked. Does anyone out there remember flow charts? Simple yes or no choices which lead to one path or another? How about punch cards? Geesh, when I was a kid, my father would bring home these huge boxes of no longer valid punch cards for my siblings and I to turn into monsterous card houses. Back then computers needed whole buildings just to store them in. Point being, back then in the age of no homes having PC's, Geography was learned from a textbook, studying maps, or reading National Geographic. That was pretty much the range unless you were lucky enough to have parents who liked to travel and were kind enough to take you along. ;)

Today's children (and adults who are still open to learning) have so many ways to learn! We still have textbooks (many, many, more textbooks), we still have maps (many, many, more maps), and we still have National Geographic magazines. But along with all these wonderful resources, we now have the INTERNET!!

Via the internet, we have Google Earth. Have you played with Google Earth lately? We also have sites from National Geographic! They have kid friendly sites, with games and information which engage young minds to explore. Along with these known sites, I've also found some other fun sites that make learning fun. Here's a new one for us that my friend Debbie told me about: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm

For Sheppards Software main page click here. They have a wonderful assortment of all types of learning fun. I love that they state that their goal is to make learning fun and memorable! That's my goal, too! Who says learning has to be boring. Honestly, when you were a child, which lessons did you enjoy and learn the most from?

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3 comments:

jugglingpaynes said...

Vicki, why don't you do us all a favor and just write the Curriculum Guide to the Internet? Or does that go against the Unschooling Code? Because their just guidelines, really. ;o)

Peace and Laughter,
Cristina

jugglingpaynes said...

Can you tell I'm tired? I just used the wrong homophone. I meant "they're".
Gosh, 2 year olds really do suck the energy out of you. :-o

ComfyDenim said...

I remember.
I remember when we connected at 400 bps. I remember having external modems. I remember having to run to the phone to turn it off because it was trying to answer the phone.
I also remember "Wherein the World is Carmen Sandiego" Best geography game ever. Of course, it wasn't connected to the internet....